William Gow

William Gow
Asian American Studies

William Gow is a San Francisco-based historian, educator, and documentary filmmaker who is joining the American Studies program as a lecturer for the 2018-2019 academic year. Bridging methodologies from social history and cultural studies, William examines Asian American engagement with film and popular culture in the United States between the late nineteenth century and the present. A proud product of San Francisco’s public school system, William holds a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a designated emphasis in Film Studies from UC Berkeley. He previously served as a public historian and board member at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in Los Angeles Chinatown.

William received his undergraduate degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with departmental honors in Cinema Studies and a double major in History. His first documentary video More to the Chinese Side (co-directed with Sharon Heijin Lee in 2003) was a first-person examination of his parents’ interracial marriage and his own mixed race identity. The documentary was nominated for the Golden Reel Award at the Visual Communications Asian American Film Festival in Los Angeles. William is currently working on a book tentatively entitled, Performing Chinatown, which examines the history of Los Angeles Chinatown and its relationship to Hollywood cinema during the Chinese exclusion era. William’s work has appeared in Pacific Historical Review, Amerasia Journal, and the CHSSC’s Gum Saan Journal.


Asian American Studies 100: Intro to Asian American Studies (Autumn)

Asian American Studies 118S: Family Stories - Uncovering Histories of Identity and Difference (Winter)

Asian American Studies 11S: Asian American Film and Popular Culture (Spring )